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Dallas Judge Says County Can Require Restaurant Workers to Wear Masks

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Welcome to AM Intel in the time of coronavirus, a round-up of the city’s newest bits of restaurant-related intel. Follow Eater on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date details on how COVID-19 is impacting the city’s dining scene.

Khao Noodle Shop owner lands on Food & Wine top chefs list

Donny Sirisavath, head chef at East Dallas Laotian eatery Khao Noodle Shop, has been named one of the ten best new chefs in America by Food & Wine. Sirisavath and the other winners will be honored in the magazine’s July issue, which hits newsstands June 19. Last year, Eater named Khao Noodle Shop one of the best new restaurants in the country.

Dallas County can require restaurant employees to wear masks and gloves

Dallas County District Judge Clay Jenkins has clarified to Fox 4 News that the county is within its rights to compel restaurant and food service employees to wear masks and gloves. The confusion stems from discrepancies in Governor Greg Abbott’s order and an order updated by Jenkins on May 4 making Abbott’s recommendations mandatory for Dallas County residents. Fox 4 looked into the discrepancy after viewers reported seeing a mix of employees wearing and not wearing masks. According to Fox 4, Jenkins cited a letter from state attorney general Ken Paxton approving the tighter local measures.

Borden Dairy gets massive USDA contract to feed families in need

Dallas-based Borden Dairy Company has received a contract from the Department of Agriculture to provide more than 700 million servings of milk to families in need through the USDA’ Farmer’s To Families Food Box Program. The Rockwall Times reports that the contract is the largest of its kind awarded through the program.

Quality Sausage plant to reopen after worker deaths from Covid-19

Quality Sausage Co., a West Dallas meat processing plant, will begin a phased reopening after an outbreak of Covid-19 that sickened dozens of workers and killed two. The company, which closed April 24, had been sued by the spouse of one of the employees who died, according to the Dallas Morning News. The company said it has hired a team of experts to implement health and safety measures to better protect employees. Due to working conditions, meat processing plants across the country have become hotbeds for coronavirus outbreaks, leading to temporary meat shortages and an increase in prices.